I Have Astigmatism, Can I Still Have Laser Eye Surgery?
When many people think of Laser Eye Surgery, they may think of it as only a solution to Myopia (short-sightedness) and Hyperopia (long-sightedness). But the truth is, these treatments can address many more refractive errors – including astigmatism.
Here at London Vision Clinic, our expert surgeons have been using Laser Eye Surgery to treat astigmatism for years. Before we get into how Laser Eye Surgery works to correct astigmatism, let’s try to understand what it is and how it affects our vision.
What is Astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a common refractive error that is caused by an abnormally shaped cornea. A normal cornea is essentially spherical, allowing light to bounce into the eye and onto the retina effectively. In contrast, in astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a rugby ball, affecting the way light enters the eye. The result? distorted vision caused by the lowered ability of the eye to focus objects into a sharp and clear image.
So, getting back to treating astigmatism. The important thing to know is: that just as with myopia and hyperopia, the vast majority of patients with astigmatism can receive effective treatment at London Vision Clinic.
In the video below, one of our expert surgeons, Dr Glenn Carp explains how Laser Eye Surgery treats astigmatism.
Dr Carp explains how Laser Eye Surgery can be effectively utilised to correct the irregular shape of the cornea. This allows surgeons to flatten out the irregular curvature of the cornea, adjusting the way light is directed onto the retina. This procedure leaves the cornea in a much more regular shape, correcting your vision.